Course Details

Early Intervention Option

120 credits

Early Intervention refers to programs that provide services and supports for children under 3 with disabilities and their families. These services are provided in a variety of settings, from children’s homes, to child care programs, to more specialized medical and therapeutic settings. The Option prepares students for careers in the growing field of early intervention. Coursework focuses on a family-centered, transdisciplinary approach to early intervention. Students will gain firsthand experience working with young children and families in early intervention settings under the mentorship of professionals in the field. The Option is designed so that it can be taken with the Early Care and Education Option.

In order for Early Childhood Studies majors to participate in field experiences in diverse settings that are essential for their development as early childhood professionals, students must be willing and able to travel outside of the Plymouth area beyond walking distances. Early Childhood Studies majors should plan for and be able to provide their own transportation by the junior year.

Degree Requirements


Courses required for the Option are shown in boldface.
ER 2000 Introduction to the Early Childhood Profession (WRCO) 3
ER 2200 The Constructivist Approach in Early Care and Education 3
ER 2300 Young Children's Learning and Development in Context 3
ER 2400 Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Health for the Young Child (WECO) 3
ER 2800 Preschool and Kindergarten Curriculum and Instruction 6
ER 3200 Assessment in Early Childhood (QRCO) 3
ER 3300 Culturally Responsive Early Care and Education (DICO) (WRCO) 3
ER 3450 Guiding Young Mathematicians: Math Methods for Early Childhood (QRCO) 4
ER 4200 Senior Seminar: Perspectives on Early Childhood (INCO) 3
ER 4300 Leadership, Advocacy, and Policy in Early Childhood (TECO) 3
ERSE 2500 Inclusive Early Childhood Education 3
ERSE 3100 Early Intervention 3
ERSE 3300 Assessment and Evaluation in Early Intervention 3
ERSE 3600 Infant and Toddler Care and Education 4
ERSE 3900 Early Intervention Practicum 3
Electives for the Option - complete two of the following;
at least one elective must be taken at the 3000/4000 level: 6
ER 4600 Special Topics in Early Childhood
HE 3210 Mental Health Issues (WECO)
LL 2950 American Sign Language I (DICO)
LL 2960 American Sign Language II (DICO)
PE 2850 Wellness Choices for a Healthy, Active Lifestyle (WECO)
SW 3130 Child Welfare and Family Services (DICO)
SW 3150 Child Maltreatment
MA 2110 Mathematics in Our World I (MATH) 4
RL 2500 Language and Literacy Development in Young Children 3
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
GACO Global Awareness Connection 3
Electives 24-22

*All course information is from the 2015-2016 Catalog.